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Steven L. Simas Recognized by SCBA Administrative Law Section

Earlier this year, the Sacramento County Bar Association Administrative Law section elected a new slate of officers, in Jon-Paul Valcarenghi, Justin D. Hein, and Adam Richards. Its first official act was to recognize the years of service and dedication by the previous section chairperson, Steven L. Simas. Mr. Simas first served as chairperson of the […]

What is a Skelly Hearing?

A Skelly hearing derives its name from Skelly v. State Personnel Board (1975) 15 Cal. 3d 194. Dr. Skelly, a permanent civil service employee, was terminated from his employment with the State of California. The California Supreme Court determined, among other things, that he was deprived of his due process right to pre-disciplinary discovery – […]

Heads-Up! Administrative Law Section Mixer

The Sacramento County Bar Association Administrative Law Section is having a mixer on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at The Pour House (1901 Q Street, Sacramento CA 95811). Come meet the new section leadership and provide your thoughts on what course it should set for the Administrative Law section in the months and years to come. […]

Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyers 2015

Congratulations are in order for Justin D. Hein, attorney at Simas & Associates, Ltd., for being named to the 2015 Top Lawyers List from Sacramento Magazine. This list is compiled annually, based upon nominations by peers, and published in the magazine’s August issue. Justin was named as one of Sacramento’s top Employment & Labor Law […]

New Continuing Education Requirement for Real Estate Brokers

The California legislature recently amended the continuing education requirements for real estate brokers (broker) licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate. AB 345, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 13, 2015, requires a licensed real estate broker, as part of the broker’s 45 hours of continuing education, to successfully complete a 3-hour […]

Getting Attorney Fees for Writs

Under the American Rule of attorney fees in civil litigation, every party—even the party prevailing—must pay its own attorney’s fees. Unless specific authority granted by statute or contract allows the awarding of accrued attorney fees against the other party, each party in a lawsuit is responsible for paying its own attorney. This American Rule applies […]

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